David Olive

Jul 29, 2010

Jeffrey Faszcza and I are escorting a Russian business delegation on a trip through Middle America, showing them how areas in our country have drawn manufacturing and industry to non-urban centers.

Below is an excerpt from a Times Record article, covering our tour.

Plans for an industrial park in the Russian town of Timry might eventually be modeled after Chaffee Crossing, judging by the early reactions of a group of Russian leaders visiting Chaffee and other Fort Smith sites on Tuesday.

David Olive of Washington-based Catalyst Partners said the group – two representing the aeronautics industry in Moscow and two representing local and parliamentary government – wanted to come to middle America for inspiration.

“They wanted to see how to grow and create an environment to get manufacturing and industry to come to a non-urban center, like theirs,” Olive said.

He thought “what better place” than Fort Smith, his former home.

Olive and partner Jeffrey Faszcza are escorting the foursome on a whirlwind trip that began with a tour of Graceland in Memphis before a visit to Gov. Mike Beebe’s office and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in Little Rock on Monday.


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